By Cristi McKee| Photo: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Tallahassee is home to unique architecture, historical sites, stunning art, and cultural monuments. Among these special pieces are monuments that date back to the beginning of the city, state parks that hosted Florida battles during the Civil War, popular recreational spots, and more. This summer, take some time to visit these 7 wonders here in town.
Integration statue — Located at the Woodward Plaza on the Florida State University campus, the Integration statue by W. Stanley “Sandy” Proctor is a must-see wonder in Tallahassee. The statue shows 3 African American figures—a baseball player (Fred Flowers), a homecoming queen (Doby Lee Flowers), and a scholar (Maxwell Courtney). The statue, which was unveiled in 2004, represents some of the first African American students to attend Florida State University.
USS Tallahassee Bell — The USS Tallahassee Bell, which is found on location at City Hall, is not only a historical landmark, but also a unique wonder to see here in town. The 107-year-old bell was part of the USS Tallahassee, a ship launched in 1901 for the U.S. Navy, and was under the care of the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce since 1972 before being transported to City Hall in 2010.
Natural Bridge Battlefield State Park — Located in Leon County, this historic state park is a wonder that is also a must-visit in Tallahassee. Natural Bridge is the site of the 2nd largest Civil War battle in Florida and is home to a monument that honors the Confederate soldiers who defended Natural Bridge during this war. It is also the location where the St. Marks river drops into a sinkhole to an underground location where it continues to flow.
TLH structure — This wooden structure, which reads “TLH,” was built in 2018 after being initiated by the Knight Creative Communities Institute (KCCI). Located on the Capital Cascades Trail in Cascades Park, this humongous structure, designed by Cosby Hayes and Ryan Sheplak and built by Florida State University’s Master Craftsman Studio, stands tall as a wonder in Tallahassee.
Florida’s World War II Monument — Completed in 2004, this monument, located at the R.A. Gray Building downtown, is a replica of Florida’s pillar in the National World War II Memorial (originally built in Washington, D.C.). The stone monument is one component of a larger war effort memorial project, which was issued in 1999 by then-governor Jeb Bush.
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Eternal Flame — Burning brightly 24 hours a day, the FAMU Eternal Flame, which is located at the center of the FAMU campus, commemorates Time Magazine’s selection of FAMU as the 1997-1998 College of Year. Built in Constructed by JT Burnette in 1997, this stone monument is definitely a wonder to see.
Lake Ella — This popular lake, originally called “Bull Pond” and located in Midtown, is somewhat of a classic sightseeing spot in town. The site was once used for raising cattle, but is now a recreation spot. With a rich history dating back to 1867, this wonder was once a spot for baptisms, cattle raising, political rallies, used as a portion of a highway, and was renamed “Lake Ella” in around 1925.